Natural Discovery: Hanoi – Mai Chau – Ninh Binh / 6 days 5 nights
This 6 day tour is designed for those who want to engulf in nature and authentic Vietnamese tradition. Start from a peaceful ancient village, we will discover the beauty of flat rice fields, enjoy traditional dance in a stilt house, boating along exotic scenery of Trang An grotto.
Day 1: Arrival Hanoi
Arrive in Hanoi you will be met and transferred from the airport to your hotel in Hanoi Old quarter. Rest of your day will be free for your exploration to Hanoi capital. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 2: Duong Lam ancient village (B/L)
The car and guide picks you up at 8h00 am and travel west of Hanoi to Duong Lam village, a purely agricultural village of the Northern Red River delta where still preserve many hundred-year-old houses. The best way to discover this village is to bike along tiny ancient alleys to visit Mong Phu communal house in Mong Phu hamlet - the only hamlet whose original village entrance gate remains intact, dedicated to national heroes. Continue riding around the village to discover the daily life and farming working of Vietnamese peasants along the terrace with a stop in two ancient houses: the biggest ancient house was build 200 years ago and the most ancient house back to 400 years ago.
Have lunch at local restaurant.
Continue visit Ngo Quyen temple and Phung Hung temple, places dedicated to two national heroes Ngo Quyen and Phung Hung. Again biking to visit Mia Pagoda (other hamlet in Duong Lam village), is built in 15th century and admire 287 statues of all sizes, along with are famous sculpture such as the statue of Buddha in the Himalayas and the statues of the Eight Vajgra Deities.Drive back to Hanoi. Ends tour.
Day 3: Hanoi – Maichau ( B, L, D )
7:30-8:00:Pickup at your hotel in the Old Quarter in our comfortable van
10:00: Short break
11:30-12:00: Scenic photo stop of Mai Chau valley/arrive in Mai Chau
12:15 - Traditional lunch in local village
13:00-15:00: Bicycle ride with local tour guide, see farmers working in fields, locals weaving scarves and visit surrounding peaceful villages.
15:00-18:00: Free time for bicycling, walking, shopping
18:00: Visit Thai living museum for Traditional BBQ dinner
19:30: Watch Thai traditional dance in the stilt house
Enjoy Tradidional alcohol (ruou can) with the community
O/N at Bungalow.
Day 4: Maichau - Ninh Binh ( B, L, D )
7:30-8:00: Wake up and have breakfast
8:30-11:30: Hike to 1000 Step Cave and local market
12:15 - 15:00: Lunch and free time to relax before getting on the van to Ninh Binh
18:30-19:00: Drop you off at your hotel. O/N at your hotel in Ninh Binh.
Day 5: Ninh Binh - Hanoi (B, L)
9:00am leave the hotel for Hoa Lu Ancient Capital. In 968, Dinh Bo Linh declared himself as the King. Since then Hoa Lu existed as the capital for the next 41 years (968 – 1009), of which 12 years was under the Dinh dynasty – King Dinh Tien Hoang, the country named Dai Co Viet, and 29 years later was under the Le dynasty – King Le Dai Hanh. In 1010, King Ly Thai To moved the capital from Hoa Lu to Thang Long – present day Hanoi. Hoa Lu became the old citadel. In Hoa Lu there are now 2 temples have been built on the ground of the old royal palace, one is dedicated to King Dinh Tien Hoang, the other is to King Le Dai Hanh. The visit offers a chance to know more about part of feudal dynasties and historical periods in Vietnamese history.
An hour for lunch at local restaurant with local food.
After lunch, take the amazing boat trip to visit Trang An grottoes which is a gathering of 31 valleys, 50 cross-water caves, and home to 600 kinds of flora and over 200 kinds of fauna, many of them in the Red Book of Vietnam. While rowing through Trang An grotto in the quiet, fresh air of the highlands, with only the sound of birds and the oars stirring the clear water and surrounded by magnificent forested mountains upon which graze white goats, visitors enjoy a heaven on earth.
4:00pm leave Trang An and drive back to Hanoi. Arrive Hanoi at 6:30pm. Finish unforgettable full day trip at your hotel in Hanoi! O/N at your hotel in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi departure (B)
Free at leisure until our car and guide pick you up and transfer to the airport for departure flight.
Hope you have great time in Vietnam. See you next trip
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- Accommodation in Hanoi, Mai Chau, Ninh Binh
- Pick up and drop off at the airport
- Transport during the trip
- Meals as mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner)
- All entrance fees and boat trip in Trang An, bike in Mai Chau
- English speaking tour guide
- Mineral water for day tour
- Visa application fee to Vietnam: USD45/person
- Personal expenses
- Early check in & late check out for accommodation at the places
- Airport tax and departure tax
- Tip for tour guide & driver:
- Others not mentioned in program